Zaptec picks ITIC as partner to develop smart charging in North America
May 3, 2016
The International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) in Greenville, South Carolina, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Zaptec of Norway to work on smart charging technology for electric vehicles.
Zaptec specialises in compact power electronics. Its smart charging technology is widely considered an increasingly important component for the electronic charging industry.
Zaptec intends to develop and expand its R&D and manufacturing activities in North America and chose ITIC as a strategic partner due to its ability to test smart charging systems in closed test beds and in urban and non-urban open environments with smart grid and next generation communications infrastructures. The collaboration with ITIC also allows Zaptec to test innovations such as bidirectional charging, fast charging and wireless charging.
"Zaptec is the industry leader in small-form-factor EV computing technologies, therefore it is particularly gratifying to be chosen as their testing partner as they expand to North America,” said ITIC chief technology officer Joachim Taiber. “We look forward to a long and highly productive collaboration for many years to come."
ITIC has successfully demonstrated wireless charging with other R&D partners and is planning a significant expansion of its testing capabilities in connected driving, automated driving and zero-emission driving. This is in direct response to the automotive industry's growing global investment in vehicle electrification, more intelligent charging processes, and smart city initiatives.
"In the future, many North American cities will implement an extensive charging infrastructure to become green and smart cities,” said Zaptec CEO Brage Johansen. “Together with ITIC we can continue to develop, construct and test holistic charging that takes care of the electric car, the user, the utility, the network operators and the city needs. A formidable task we can't wait to complete."
In addition to bringing technological innovations to Zaptec's EV testing, ITIC will also help drive standardisation of Zaptec technologies with partners such as SAE International and the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Located at the South Carolina Technology & Aviation Center in the heart of North America's largest automotive cluster, ITIC is a research-based testing facility designed to promote innovation. Created as collaboration between a number of automotive companies, its purpose is to deliver an automotive testing and research environment that supports the development of sustainable transportation and networked vehicle systems.
Zaptec is a Norwegian company established in Stavanger in 2012 to commercialise ten years of research and development in the field of super compact power electronics. Its patented electronic transformer is said to be the first of its kind in the world.